In this project, my Japanese III and IV students create a guide to prepare American students and their families to host a student visiting from Japan. In the process of the project, the students examine some positive and negative examples of homestay experience, find the expectations of the students visiting from Japan (the guests), and define the potential challenges and difficulties the hosts and the guests might encounter. With that knowledge, they make a practical guide to help the American students and their families becomimg confident as hosts. The community partners for this project are the students and their family of Koishikawa Secondary Education School in Tokyo, the local Japanese speaking community, and a group of students and their families who are interesed in hosting a student from Japan. This project gives my students an opportunity to communicate with our local Japanese speaking community and the students in Tokyo in the target language in the authentic situation. Moreover, the participating American students and their families can deepen their understanding of cultural similarities and differences between Japan and the U.S. Finally, it also encourages all the participants to be open to a new experience.
How was your trip?
What is a homestay program?
Participating a Japanese cultural festival
Japan vs. the U.S.
How does that make you feel?
How would they feel?
Guide to be a Good Host
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